Episode 20

Centered Cities

We highlight three cities that represent the coming together of many pieces. Then we look to the future by focusing on three cities in the midst of remaking their downtowns – all with the ambitious goal of creating thriving, vibrant urban centers where previously there were none.

Complete

We visit three cities whose downtowns have been actively transformed through civic leadership, an enlightened citizenry and an engaged business community – Denver, Portland and Toronto. All share the common characteristics of being vibrant urban areas day and night largely as a result of deliberate actions.

  • Rocky Mountain High: Denver

  • Just Do It: Portland

  • Oh, Canada: Toronto

Moving On Up

We conclude the series by checking in on three city centers in various stages of transformation – all were once declining if not dead and are now undergoing aggressive makeovers due to coalitions of business boosters, public officials and philanthropy backed by strong citizen support.

  • Nothing Could Be Finer: Charlotte

  • Grand Gestures: Grand Rapids

  • Sooner Than Later: Oklahoma City

  • Rocky Mountain High: Denver
  • Just Do It: Portland
  • Oh, Canada: Toronto
  • Nothing Could Be Finer: Charlotte
  • Grand Gestures: Grand Rapids
  • Sooner Than Later: Oklahoma City